Lord Of The Rings film-maker Peter Jackson has tentatively agreed to direct a Dr. Who episode. It could be the most dramatic episode of Dr. Who ever! And if that’s not exciting enough, author JK Rowling may be writing an episode of Dr. Who. What can we expect next? Perhaps Star Wars magnate George Lucas will produce an episode himself!
The Lord Thy God Steven Moffat has suggested that Lord Of The Rings film-maker Peter Jackson has, sort of, agreed to direct an episode of Doctor Who. Sometime. Maybe. Although a date and a location for such a scenario remains, somewhat, in the air. However, Deadline reports that Jackson has ‘no immediate plans’ to guest direct any episodes, especially given that he’s a bit busy, you know, directing multi-billion dollar Hobbit movies at present. Moffat told an audience at the Edinburgh International Television Festival that all Jackson had asked for in return was to have his own Dalek – and that the episode could be set in his native New Zealand. ‘He’s serious about it. We talked at The Hobbit premiere — he just wants a Dalek,’ the Sun quoted The Moffinator his very self as saying. ‘So we’ll give him a Dalek and he’ll direct an episode. I think he’d like to us to go to New Zealand. I think it’s entirely possible.’ Moffat was also asked about the rumours that JK Rowling was writing an episode of Doctor Who. He said: ‘I can’t confirm that … right now.’
Moffat also used the interview – with Frank Skinner – to describe yer actual Billie Piper as ‘amazing.’ The showrunner praised Piper for her role in relaunching the show in 2005, adding that the BBC’s popular long-running family SF drama ‘belonged to her’ for the first two series of the revived format. Moffat was addressing the reason why Piper’s character, Rose Tyler, has continued to appear on the show since her departure in 2006. He explained: ‘Probably because when the show first came back I think it was Billie Piper who brought it back. Those first two years, that was Billie Piper’s show. It was all about Billie, and Billie as Rose. Russell was so clever in creating that character and casting that character so perfectly.’
Piper appeared as the companion to Christopher Eccleston’s and David Tennant’s Doctors. ‘[Russell] allowed an audience who would not naturally have watchedDoctor Who, which was practically everybody at the time, to find a way into the show, so she has an iconic status partly because it was a brilliant performance and a brilliantly written part but it was also the way back in. She has a bigger status than most of those companions and really seriously, for the first two years, that was Billie Piper’s show and she was amazing. Let’s not forget how amazing she was,’ Moffat added. Piper left the popular family SF drama in the second series finale Doomsday though she returned two years later for a number of episodes in series four. She also made a one-off appearance in Tennant’s final episode The End Of Time: Part Two in 2010 and will return again to the show alongside Tennant for this year’s fiftieth anniversary special.
Dr. Who is exactly what it is — the best “B” grade sci-fi on the planet. In my honest opinion it doesn’t matter who they bring in, as long as they stay true to the Dr. Who style. If Lord of the Rings film maker Peter Jackson directs an episode, and JK Rowling writes one, and George Lucas produces one, all it will do is bring even more fans to the show because of their great names and the popularity of their previous works. And we applaud that.